Tomb 8

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, Merenptah

 

Merenptah, the thirteenth son of Rameses II, came to the throne when he was already middle-aged. His tomb, had four sets of sarcophagi, something not known in any other tomb in the Valley. During their installation, it was discovered that the sarcophagi could not fit through the tomb's several gates; they were too big and the gates had to be hacked away to get the huge boxes inside. This may have been the result of miscommunication between the architects and the quarrymen.

 

Corridor: left wall
Corridor B: left wall

Merenptah and Ra-Horakhty.

 

Burial chamber lower level: exterior of sarcophagus lid
Burial chamber lower level: exterior of sarcophagus lid

Sculpted figure of Merenptah on cartouche-shaped lid surrounded by protective mehen serpent and covered with texts and figure of king and gods.

 

Burial chamber lower level: sarcophagus plinth; sarcophagus lid; right wall; pit; ceiling (right part)
Burial chamber J lower level: sarcophagus plinth; Burial chamber J lower level: sarcophagus lid; Burial chamber J lower level: right wall; Burial chamber J upper level: right wall (center part); Burial chamber J lower level: pit; Burial chamber J: ceiling (right part)

Astronomical figures; Book of Caverns, final scene; ba of Ra; second sarcophagus lid resting on calcite plinth.

 

Burial chamber upper level: right wall (center part)
Burial chamber upper level: right wall (center part)

Book of Caverns, closing scene; ba of Ra.

 

Burial chamber lower level: occupant's foot end of sarcophagus lid
Burial chamber lower level: occupant's foot end of sarcophagus lid

Winged figure of Aset (Isis) kneeling on gold symbol.

 

Burial chamber lower level: occupant's foot end of sarcophagus lid; sarcophagus plinth
Burial chamber lower level: occupant's foot end of sarcophagus lid; sarcophagus plinth

Cartouche-shaped sarcophagus lid with winged Aset (Isis) resting on calcite plinth decorated with Merenptah's cartouches.


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